It’s always fun to crown champions, especially when junior golfers earn the title of Imperial Junior Classic victors. We spent last week in Wilmington, Del., for the the inaugural Imperial Junior Classic, an AJGA event at DuPont Country Club, August 5-8. Imperial became the title sponsor as part of its partnership with the American Junior Golf Association, in which they are the Official Headwear of the AJGA.

The tournament hosted 96 elite junior male and female golfers. Austin Barbin of Elkton, Md., won the boys division, while Rebecca DiNuzio of Norfolk, Va., won the girls division. Below are some of our favorite photos and moments from the tournament. Congratulations to our champions and we look forward to hosting more junior golfers in 2020!

The Logo

Prior to the tournament, we collaborated with renowned golf artist Lee Wybranski to create our logo inspired by the DuPont Country Club crest.

The Imperial Junior Classic came to life with the logo on limited edition hats and T-shirts, only available to tournament participants, volunteers and staff.

We also designed limited edition CHAMP rope hats for the social activity winners and our Imperial Junior Classic champions.

AJGA Connections

Imperial is honored to support the AJGA and the tournament brought our staff full circle in their involvement with the junior golf organization. Below is an excerpt from the AJGA about Imperial Vice President David Shaffer’s connection and you can read the full story here.

“Imperial Headwear joined the AJGA as an Official Partner in 2019 under the direction of David Shaffer, vice president of sales and marketing at Imperial. The partnership has now come full circle for Shaffer, who is an AJGA alumnus himself.

Shaffer credits the AJGA with helping him get the exposure he needed to pursue a college golf scholarship at Northwestern while preparing for a career in the golf industry.

“[The partnership] means a tremendous amount to me both personally and professionally,” Shaffer said. “I’m now seeing the AJGA with a new lens being on the business side of golf and a parent myself. I have a lot of pride being able to come full circle from a player coming up through the ranks, and now being involved with the AJGA from a sponsorship role.”